Brian T. Kennedy, president of the Claremont Institute, participated in a roundtable discussion on U.S. missile defense policy on Tuesday, July 25, in Washington, D.C. The roundtable discussion was organized by Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., president of the Center for Security Policy, and featured leading U.S. congressmen, government officials, and missile defense experts. The discussion addressed two main questions: What are the needed enhancements in the U.S. missile defense shield, and how can they be most efficiently and cost-effectively accomplished?
Participating in the roundtable were Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ), who gave the keynote address; Under Secretary of State Robert Joseph, and Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Forces and Policy Dr. Keith Payne, who both discussed the emerging nuclear and ballistic missile threat; Missile Defense Agency Director Lieutenant General "Trey" Obering, who discussed whether or not the Bush administration's missile defense policy is adequate; Congressman Curt Weldon (R-PA), who gave the luncheon address; and Ambassador Henry Cooper, who joined Brian Kennedy in a discussion of what additional steps the U.S. should be taking in the development of a missile defense shield. The roundtable highlighted the recent Independent Working Group report: Missile Defense, the Space Relationship, and the Twenty-First Century.